Matter and Motion

Fall 2017
Winter 2018
Spring 2018
Credits per quarter
Variable Credit Options Available

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Taught by

Robin Bond
analytical chemistry

This rigorous introductory program integrates first-year university calculus, chemistry, and physics to explore how scientists make sense of the natural world. Careful observation of the natural world reveals an underlying order, which scientists try to understand and explain through model building and experimentation. Physical scientists seek to reveal the fundamental nature of matter, its composition, and its interactions; such understanding forms the essential background for our modern technological society. This program lays the foundation for developing this understanding. Students will be supported in developing a firm background in college-level science, becoming prepared for further intermediate and advanced work in the mathematical and physical sciences.

The program is intended for students with solid high-school level backgrounds in science and mathematics; in particular, a good grasp of precalculus (including algebra and trigonometry) will be assumed. Equally important for success, however, will be a commitment to working hard and effectively in groups. The program will have significant collaborative laboratory and workshop components.

The work will be intensive and challenging but also exciting; students should expect to spend at least 50 hours per week engaged with material during and outside of class. The program will include readings, lectures, labs, workshops, and projects, along with frequent homework sets, writing assignments, quizzes, and exams.

Successful students will improve their conceptual understanding and problem-solving abilities, ability to reason critically and collaborate effectively, and gain hands-on experience in physical science. Students will learn to apply their skills and knowledge to complex problems that show the rich interconnectedness of mathematical and physical systems. By the end of the program, successful students will have covered material equivalent to a year of calculus, general chemistry with lab, and calculus-based physics with lab, and will be prepared for upper-division work in chemistry, mathematics, and physics. Particular upper-division Evergreen science programs that students will be prepared for include: Physical Systems and Applied Mathematics (2018-19); Environmental Analysis (2018-19); Atoms, Molecules, and Reactions (2019-20); and Mathematical Systems (2019-20).

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in: chemistry, mathematics, physics, other natural sciences, engineering, and math and science education.

Online learning:
  • Enhanced Online Learning - This offering requires access to web-based tools, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.

$150 in Fall and $50 in spring for science kits and conference registration.


Proficiency in precalculus, including algebra and trigonometry, is required.

Scheduled for: Day

Located in: Olympia

Final schedule and room assignment:


Advertised schedule:

First class meeting: Monday, September 25 at 9am (Lecture Hall Classroom 5)

2018-02-16Winter fee cancelled.
2017-05-10Description has been updated.